Monday, May 8, 2017

Sky Lights, Pipes and Mozart

Exsultate, jubilate, K. v, 165
 
Rejoice, be glad,
O you blessed souls,
Rejoice, be glad,
Singing sweet songs;
In response to your singing
Let the heaven sing forth with me.
 
We treated ourselves to a splendid Soli Deo Musica concert at our church yesterday.
The Festival Choir of Faith Lutheran Church, conducted by Dr. David Johnson,
joined with the orchestra, organist Beverley Duffy, and harpist Mary Foss
to lift us to the heights of spirit.
 
For me, the heart of the concert wasn't Mozart--
it was the Celtic Concerto for Harp and Strings by Catrin Finch.
1. Jig a jig
2. Hiraeth (felt like an elegy)
3. Solstsice
 
The Festival Choir finished with Wolfgang's
 Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K. V. 339.
 
The vespers ended with the Canticle Magnificat
 
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath
rejoiced. For He hath regarded the lowliness of His
hand-maiden. For behold, from henceforth, all
generations shall call me blessed. 
 
+++
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Opening Faces

We are discovering garden secrets left behind by a previous home owner.
When tulips popped up along the front walkway,
I couldn't resist cutting a few to
juxtapose against the reds of our living room sofa.
 
 
Hostas galore are coming along in shaded areas.
A couple chive plants...
And I'm cooking up early rhubarb stems
to brew pale pink rhubarb cordials.
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Tidings


"Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and
hallelujah is our song."

Pope John Paul II

 
 
"Our lord has written the promise of resurrection,
not in books alone
but in every leaf of springtime."

Martin Luther

 
 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Makeover

Here's what happened after the pure white snow (see previous post) disappeared.
 

Daffodils and pansies

Snapdragons

 
HAPPY EASTER!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pure As...



Not as the driven snow. But pure.
This morning's snowfall was soft and feathery,
Big, fat visible flakes that stacked one on top of the other.

In an hour, they were gone. Invisible.
Wet wood all around.
 
Spring must be here!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Living Minimally


It's the last flight of our snowbird adventure.
A cash offer on our Florida house makes it possible for us to simplify our lives and go home to just one familiar nest, one property tax, house insurance, and set of utility bills.
 
 
 
We're cutting our possessions in half by selling the house furnished and emptying
 cupboards, drawers, and closets of our personal possessions.

I'm reveling in sunshine on clear surfaces,
 the empty closets painted a delicious pistachio green,
and driving un-needed items to Salvation Army,
 ReStore (retail store for Habitat for Humanity) and Goodwill.

Without dishes, pots and pans in the kitchen,
dining comes in convenience forms.
Without clothing in the closet,
I get dressed out of a suitcase.

Inspection happens next week.
Closing on March 7.

It will be sad to leave this all behind but the time has come.